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Trump reaches out to Democrats in bid for 'great' health law

Posted 10/7/2017 in National

Trying to revive health care talks, President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he had spoken to the Senate's Democratic leader to gauge whether the minority party was interested in helping pass "great" health legislation.



AP-NORC Poll: Disapproval for anthem protest, Trump response

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

Most Americans think refusing to stand for the national anthem is disrespectful to the country, the military and the American flag. But most also disapprove of President Donald Trump's calling for NFL players to be fired for refusing to stand.



Effort to restrict 'bump stock' draws unlikely supporters

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

The National Rifle Association have joined the Trump administration and top congressional Republicans in a swift and surprising embrace of a restriction on Americans' guns, though a narrow one: to regulate the "bump stock" devices the Las Vegas shooter apparently used to horrifically lethal effect.



Las Vegas gunman may have scoped out other music festivals

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

Investigators are looking into whether gunman Stephen Paddock scoped out bigger music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago -- and perhaps Boston's Fenway Park -- before setting up his perch in a casino hotel and raining deadly fire on country music fans.



Are white shooters called 'lone wolves,' by default?

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

When Stephen Craig Paddock -- a white American -- was identified as the gunman who rained bullets on multitudes at a Las Vegas concert, he was quickly characterized as a "lone wolf."



Nate blamed for 22 deaths in Central America

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

Tropical Storm Nate roared toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula after drenching Central America in rain that was blamed for at least 22 deaths, and forecasters said it could reach the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane over the weekend.



Science Says: Era of monster hurricanes roiling the Atlantic

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

It's not just this year. The monster hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Jose and Lee that have raged across the Atlantic are contributing to what appears to be the most active period for major storms on record.



Some Republicans open to banning 'bump stocks' used in Vegas

Posted 10/5/2017 in National

Senior congressional Republicans said Wednesday they are open to considering legislation banning "bump stocks" like the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to make semi-automatic rifles perform more like fully automatic weapons.



GOP leaders say no action on gun legislation

Posted 10/4/2017 in National

Republican leaders made clear Tuesday that Congress will take no action on gun legislation in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas.



Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend returns to US for questioning

Posted 10/4/2017 in National

The Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend, back in the United States after a weekslong trip abroad, will be at the center of the investigation into the shooting deaths of 59 people as authorities try to determine why a man with no known record of violence or crime would open fire on a concert crowd from a high-rise hotel.



Complicated recovery awaits victims injured in Vegas attack

Posted 10/4/2017 in National

Their concert turned into a siege, and now their lives may become a battle.



Trump sees 'miracle' Puerto Rico survival, ignores critics

Posted 10/4/2017 in National

Touring a small slice of Hurricane Maria's devastation, President Donald Trump congratulated Puerto Rico on Tuesday for escaping the higher death toll of "a real catastrophe like Katrina" and heaped praise on the relief efforts of his administration without mentioning the sharp criticism the federal response has drawn.



Poll: Few approve of Trump's Puerto Rico response

Posted 10/4/2017 in National

Americans are more likely to approve than disapprove of how President Donald Trump is handling hurricane relief in Florida and Texas, but it's a different story when it comes to Puerto Rico.



Cigarette makers to publish new statements on health risks

Posted 10/4/2017 in National

Major U.S. cigarette companies will soon begin publishing a series of blunt statements about the health risks of smoking as part of a court order stemming from a 1999 lawsuit brought by the federal government.



Vegas shooter had interest in guns, video poker, real estate

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

Stephen Paddock had a penchant for guns, high-limit video poker and real estate deals. His father was a notorious fugitive bank robber. He had a recent live-in girlfriend and two ex-wives and seemed to live a comfortable life in a Nevada retirement community.



Without evidence, Islamic State claims Las Vegas shooting

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

Without providing any evidence to support the claim, the Islamic State group on Monday said the gunman in the mass shooting in Las Vegas was "a soldier" from its ranks who had converted to Islam months ago.



Many Puerto Ricans angry over Trump's comments on island

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

Outside of official events, many Puerto Ricans say they won't be welcoming President Donald Trump with open arms during his visit to the storm-wracked island on Tuesday.



Trump heads to Puerto Rico to survey damage

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

President Donald Trump is heading to San Juan on Tuesday to meet with some of the 3.4 million Puerto Ricans struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria, as criticism that the federal government's response has been sluggish continues.



Tom Petty, down-to-earth rock star, dies at 66

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as "Free Fallin,' "Refugee" and "American Girl," has died. He was 66.



Navy: 2 dead as training plane crashes in Tennessee

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

An instructor and a student pilot died in the crash of a military training jet in southeastern Tennessee, U.S. Navy officials confirmed Monday.



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